Last year, I noted that two Bible movies were being filmed in northern Ontario.
Risen — which stars Joseph Fiennes as a fictitious Roman officer who goes looking for the missing body of Jesus — is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. Last week I had a chance to speak to Patrick Aiello, the producer who first started developing the film nearly a decade ago, and his brother Paul, who co-wrote the script.
My friend Steven D. Greydanus is going to be on the big screen tomorrow night, as one of the co-hosts of a panel discussion following a special-event screening of Easter Mysteries, a stage musical about the death and resurrection of Jesus — and to mark the occasion, Steve has written a short round-up of the year’s Jesus movies.
Two years ago, I made a spreadsheet charting the similarities and differences between The Bible and its big-screen spin-off Son of God. Last year, I wrote detailed recaps for each episode of A.D. The Bible Continues, noting how the series made use of both the scriptures and secular history. Now it’s Risen’s turn to go under the microscope.
The Jesus movies of the past dozen years have followed a trajectory that is almost the complete opposite of their counterparts in the so-called ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood.
Are live musical versions of popular Bible stories the next big thing?